Take Back the Light Recycling Standards

Every spent lamp collected through Take Back the Light is processed at an approved facility that must meet stringent recycling and safety standards.

For more, download Program Requirements for Mercury Containing Lamp Recycling ~ Processor Standards (PDF, 30 pages, 544 KB).

Processing Lights for Recycling

Transporting Lights for Recycling

Take Back the Light participants have two options for transport:

Supplier Responsible (recommended)

The seller/supplier arranges pick-up of spent lights from its buyers and is responsible for the safe transport to an approved processing facility. Take Back the Light endorses the Supplier Responsible model because it utilizes existing distribution channels to reduce unnecessary transportation, and demonstrates responsible end-of-life management of products.


Once a minimum number of spent lights are collected, a participant completes a Request for Service form. The processor schedules pick-up and arranges transport, and spent lights are sent to the processing facility. Transport costs vary, and depend on amount of lights and distance travelled. 

Approved Processors of Take Back the Light

Aevitas Inc.

Aevitas Inc. is proud to offer a Canadian solution for lamp recycling. It began operations in Cambridge, Ontario in 1993; in 1995 Aevitas developed the first lamp recycling process in Canada approved by the Ministry of the Environment. Today, it is the only commercial mercury waste treatment system in Canada with locations in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia and Michigan.
It recycles approximately 9 million lamps per year and operations continue to expand.
It is the company objective to provide safe and permanent treatment options for a complete spectrum of materials including:
  • Lamp Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste Packing & Removal
  • HWIN Registration Consulting
  • Non-PCB Ballast Recycling
  • PCB Ballast Destruction
  • Fixture Recycling
  • Battery Recycling
  • Electronic Waste Recycling
  • Industrial Waste Water Treatment
  • Transformer Oil Draining, Removal & Treatment
  • Treatment of PCB contaminated electrical equipment and oil
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As the global leader in optimized resource management providing solutions in water, waste, and energy management, Veolia North America is committed to sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

Veolia provides a full range of hazardous and non-hazardous waste services. Its electronic recycling group manages and processes a variety of material generated from just about every market sector including:

  • Mercury lamps
  • Straight fluorescent
  • Compacts (CFL): u-shape and circular
  • High intensity discharge (HID)
  • Neon
  • Shatterproof
  • Other specialty types

For a complete list of services or to learn more about Veolia, visit

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